Quang Binh, one of the most attractive destinations in Asia and the world’s 52 top must-go sites for 2014 listed by the New York Times, is a famous province in the centre of Vietnam, about 490km south of Hanoi. The city of Dong Hoi is the provincial capital. Quang Binh has diverse terrain with everything from mountains to lowlands, forests and islands, as well as seas and rivers, making it a great place to visit, as there are many things to see and explore here. Because of this magnificient beauty, Quang Binh has attracted many film crew come and do filming, for example ‘Pan – the Neverland’. Additionally, in the recent time, Mouse Cave, Yen Phu lake and Cha Noi valley was honored to become film studio for the blockbuster movie “King Kong: Skull island” on last days of February 2016. On occasion of increasing the famousness of Quang Binh province and these places, let’s discover what to do here.
1 – Wander along Nhat Le beach
Nhat Le beach had been selected as one of the top ten most attractive beaches in Vietnam by the Vietnam Records Organisation (VRO) on August 13, 2015. About 1 km from Dong Hoi city, Nhat Le beach boats an untouched and romantic beauty with clear water and white sand bank. The site attracts numerous tourists, who are fond of getting some fresh air, swimming in the sea and enjoying delicious seafood. From crack of the dawn til the sun hides from sealine, the coast vibrates with laughter of tourists, and locals by exciting activities such as soccer, volleyball, badminton and so on. Combine with Nhat Le beach in one day, you can visit Danced Stone beach, in the evening, stroll around streets, feel wind at bankriver or walk to Me Suot monument.
2 – Visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park
Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park can be considered as the main tourist attraction in Quang Binh, covering both provincial districts of Bo Trach and Minh Hoa. The national park is home to massive karsts, as well as plenty of caves and grottoes. In 2003, it was declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Since it was acknowledged by UNESCO, the number of people who visit the park has significantly increased. You should go to this park one time, do a trip around the park and admire what the Mother of Nature grant to this park. Tien Son cave, Tam Co cave or Nuoc Mooc stream in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park also are impressive attractions worth visiting.
3 – Phong Nha cave
Phong Nha cave is famous for its rock formation that bear intriguing names such as the ‘Lion’, ‘Unicorn’, ‘Kneeling elephant’ and ‘the Buddha’. It has been voted as one of the most wonderful caves in the world for a number of reasons: for its longest underground river, for its most beautiful underground lake, for its highest and widest entrance, for its most beautiful and widest dry cave, for its most beautiful sandbank and reef, as well as for its most spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and longest water grottos. You will be surprised from time to time when immersing in here. You can do a boat trip from Chay river, through the fantasy world inside the cave. Once the boat is plunged into darkness, let your eyes adjust and soon you will absorb what is happening as you glide along: low ceilings suddenly give way to enormous caverns dripping with stalactites, disco lighting, and various formations. Near the end of your journey out of the cave you’ll be allowed to disembark and walk a set path through the cave.
4 – Son Doong Cave
Son Doong cave is world’s largest cave with the name means ‘moutain river cave’. There is such no words can describe the grandiose beauty here. The Son Dong is situated below another cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, though its entry passage is very difficult to traverse. It takes explorers six hours of walking through a 10 kilometer long forest path from Truong Son Highway to reach the mouth of Son Dong cave. The explorer added that the Quang Binh cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that are not seen anywhere else. Son Doong has different grottoes, each grotto has its own beauty, but the most impressed one is Ca Xai. This cave is near the Vietnam-Laos border. It is very deep and has a big lake inside. If you want to discover Son Doong, you have to reserve the tour at least one year before together with practice your health and your skills.
5 – Admire Thien Duong cave (Paradise Cave)
Paradise Cave, which located in the middle of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, was labeled the world’s most beautiful and magnificent cave when it was discovered by scientists from the British Cave Research Association in 2005. After crossing an old forest, visitors see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars, each dozens of metres in diameter, and grandiose rock arches, which are works made by the enchantment and sudden inspiration of the Creator over the past millions of years. Go inside the cave, you can recognise its irresistible magic, like a fantastic gift of nature.
6 – Dark Cave (Hang Toi)
Hang Toi, more commonly known as Dark Cave, has been tweaked to appeal to adventure seekers. The six kilometre Dark Cave is located within Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park. Unlike Paradise Cave, which is about politely observing the interior from a fenced boardwalk, Dark Cave is about plunging in. It has been developed into a backpacker playground, as evidenced by the 400-metre zip-line to the entrance of the cave. In addition to zipline, when you enter cave, you are covered in mud and ready for swim. This time you can go further into the cave, where the width was probably 100m and the depth is deeper than anyone could touch. As you swim, you have to duck under huge stalagmites and balance between limestone columns.
After participating in many activities, you definitely want to find good places to eat. There are plenty of restaurants to visit for a satisfying taste of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, as well as international favourites. As expected, majority of the restaurants in the province are located in Dong Hoi, the capital of the province. Afterthat, you can go shopping or enjoy drinks at some nightclubs in Dong Hoi.
Here are few suggestions for what to do and see in Quang Binh province. Hope that after the blockbuster movie “King Kong” releases, it will help increasing number of visitors to Quang Binh.
To have a perfect plan for your trip, besides finding attractive destinations where you are going to travel, where to stay is a quite important aspect. And coming to Quang Binh also, some following informations about hotels can help you give easily the best choice.
Hotels system in Quang Binh are distributed in rational way according to concrete areas, arranged with standard hotels so you can easly contact to book hotels for yourself.
You should book hotels before at least 15 days to certainly ensure hotels still keep good rooms for you. Some 3 star-hotels and over which serve free breakfast, moreover, the room’s price also include tax and service fee about 5 – 10%. You check clearly your bill before payment because some tourists are calculated this fee double.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang in Quang Binh
You can rent hotels in Dong Hoi city center like some streets Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao, Quach Xuan Ky,… to be convenient for moving. If you want to see sunshine or sunset on sea, you can choose some hotels near Nhat Le beach on Truong Phap street.
Recently, Le Thuy, Quang Trach district,… also exploit travel service, if you stay there you contact in advance with hotels near destinations or town.
Note: if you book hotels in Dong Hoi city especially young girls, older tourists or serious young boys you should be careful with some hotels in Mac Dinh Chi street, Nguyen Binh Khiem street, Luong The Vinh street, Huy Can street, Le Hoan street, Da Tuong street because they are similar to Ma Cao red light area.
Sai Gon – Quang Binh Hotel
Because there are many hotels in Quang Binh province, I introduce for you some good standard hotels and tourists often stay such as:
Muong Thanh hotel: at 119 and 121 Truong Phap street.
Luxe hotel: on Truong Phap street. Phone number: (84-52) 845 959.
Nhat Le Cong Doan hotel: Truong Phap street. Price: 13$. Phone number: (84-85) 822 369.
Consevco hotel: 3 number area, Ba Don town, Quang Trach district. Price: 18-20$. Phone number: (84-85) 812 572/ 514 000.
Sai Gon – Quang Binh hotel: at 20 Quach Xuan Ky street. Phone number: (84-85) 382 2276.
Sunspa Resort: Bao Ninh commue. There are 236 rooms. Phone number: (84-85) 3840 2999.
Hoa Hong motel, Duong Sat guest house, Tu Linh Motel are some cheap motels in Quang Binh.
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Lang Son’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held its Mau Son Summer Tourism Festival in Loc Binh District on July 9, attracting thousands of people and tourists, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Saturday.
Mau Son is a popular mountain in the province. Located some 30 km north-east of Lang Son City, the mountain boasts a pristine landscape, pure air and cool weather all year round. Tourists often flock to the mountain to enjoy its beautiful streams and waterfalls as well as experience snow in winter, which is rare in Vietnam.
The area is well-known for its specialties, such as peaches, Tuyet Son tea, wine and rare cockerels with six spurs. The Tay, Dao and Nung ethnic minorities live there.
Men from the Dao ethnic group perform at the festival
During the event, visitors took part in a food festival with traditional Dao dishes, an art exhibition held in the old French villas and many other cultural and sporting activities such as lion dancing, folk singing, a cycling race and mountain climbing, according to Be Thi Thu Hien, deputy director of Lang Son’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
During French colonial times, Mau Son was a popular attraction for the French upper class in Vietnam. The rulers also set up a military station there in the 20th century to protect the border.
Quang Binh People’s Committee on June 22 announced that up to 57 new caves had been found in the locality over the past month.
A 13-person team, including members of the British Cave Research Association, forest rangers of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and experts from Vietnam National University, Hanoi took part in the exploration.
According to Howard Limbert from the British Cave Research Association, the caves are located in 14 different areas in Quang Binh Province, with the majority in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. “The team had to spend eight days in forests with very a harsh weather condition to find the caves,” he said.
Among the new caves, the largest is Hoa Huong which is named after a local couple’s name who helped to discover it. Hoa Huong measures some 2,876 metres long and is around 5 million years old, the oldest among caves found in Quang Binh so far.
Limbert said that previously Hoa Huong cave was situated below a big lake, but now, the lake has become dried and the water may only return during the rainy season. This is also the first cave detected under the water in Quang Binh.
Since 1990, Libert and experts from the British Cave Research Association has conducted several explorations in Quang Binh Province. To date, they have discovered 311 caves, including many becoming famous tourist sites such as Soon Dong and Hang Va and Nuoc Nut.
Libert said that his team will continue their explorations in Quang Binh in early 2017.